Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Living Out Galatians 6:10 - Global Food Crisis Fund

My house is clean! YAY! My mom left me a message last night and she said, "Maybe that spider is what will keep you from piling up your clothes again!" Hehe...I think I will always be her little girl!

Last night was our first small group of the summer. We finished digging through Galatians. Galatians 6:10 says, "
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."

I had the girls put their name in a bowl and choose someone else's name. We then wrote encouraging notes to that person that I am mailing out today (Yes snail mail! I think its an important thing that we take for granted). I was trying to teach them ways to live out Galatians 6:10. I think its very interesting that Paul emphasized caring for those who belong to the family of believers. One of the girls mentioned that we tend to forget that those closest to us need our help too.

I wanted to share with you another opportunity to live out Galatians 6:10.
As I am sure you have read in the news, all of the flooding in the Heartland is going to cause a spike in food prices (such as corn and grain).
The World Food Programme calls the global food crisis a phenomenon, a "silent tsunami," that is affecting families in every nation on every continent. Food prices for popular menu items like rice, wheat and beans have doubled in the last year.

Though increases in food prices have hit all budgets, it's the poor who bear the brunt of price inflation. The higher prices are forcing people who survive on just $1 a day to spend upwards of 80 percent of their budgets just on food. As a result, many people, including millions of children, are going hungry. The longer food prices rise, the more people will be plunged into hunger and poverty.
Many of the children that are a part of the Compassion project are only able to eat at the Compassion projects!

ABOUT THE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS FUND
Compassion International has launched the Global Food Crisis Fund to bring aid to those most adversely affected by rising food costs. More information is available and donations can be made at https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/global-food-crisis.htm

COMPASSION'S DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Compassion International has set aside June 25 as a day of fasting and prayer to honor the victims of the global food crisis and pray for them. Join me on June 25! Even if you aren't financially able to donate to the fund (we aren't able to either) the most powerful thing you can do is pray!



CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE OTHER RESOURCES:
http://blog.compassion.com/a-day-of-fasting-and-prayer
http://blog.compassion.com/the-silent-tsunami/
http://www.mnnonline.org/article/11277
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080601/32614_Compassion_International_Prepares_For_World_Food_Crisis.htm
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/compassion.prepares.for.world.food.crisis/19191.htm



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